What Next: TBD

What Is Elon Musk Thinking?

A public battle over a Tesla plant closure shows what happens when big tech goes up against local government.


Episode Notes

As the coronavirus shut down manufacturing across California in March and April, Elon Musk only wanted one thing: to start making cars again.

So when local government officials in Alameda County got in his way, Musk took the fight public, and won.

Guest: Kara Swisher, co-host of the Pivot podcast.


About the Show

Every Friday and Sunday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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  • Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.